SCAM ALERT! 
Background Checks

Need a background check on someone? Not all companies are alike!

The information presented on this web site is provided by Docusearch Investigations, a fully licensed and insured private investigation firm. It is intended to educate consumers on how to quickly identify scam web sites offering background searches. Even if you choose another firm, please take 3 minutes to review this information. When searching online for companies who perform background checks, always follow these three common sense rules. Doing so may save you hundreds of dollars and hours of valuable time:

Common Sense Rule #1:

Stay clear from any website that doesn’t publish their contact telephone number.
Most of these scam sites appear overnight and aren’t even real businesses, rather affiliate fronts for subscription software. Look for their phone number. If you don’t have the ability to speak with a live person, it is most certainly a sham.

Common Sense Rule #2:

Know the information source.
No doubt you’ve already discovered that there are many so-called firms advertising online background checks. The vast majority of them are affiliates for subscription software, such as Net Detective or Inteligator. You can recognize these sites by their signature trademark catch-phrase instant results. Stay away from these sites as they are just selling you very dated information that is far from comprehensive.  Any web site claiming instant results is probably a scam.

Common Sense Rule #3:

Only buy from a reputable state licensed, insured investigative firm.
Just as you wouldn’t hire an unlicensed, uninsured contractor, providers of information are no different. State licensed investigators answer to governmental agencies and are bonded and/or insured. They are much less likely to perpetrate a scam. They also have access to information sources that others don’t.

Following these three simple rules should keep you safe. For additional information regarding the providers of background checks and the scams they employ, please review the Related Articles section on the right side of this page.

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Below, please find an honest review of some of the most popular web sites offering online background checks. We even provide a link to their site, so you can judge for yourself.  Would you like us to review a background check website not included below? Contact webscams.org.

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Website Reviews: Background Checks
Docusearch Investigations

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: Yes
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Multiple proprietary databases
Licensed private investigators package a comprehensive search covering 17 areas of concern for only $59.
Intelius

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database results
Promises to search billions of publicly available information.
Consumer Warning.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Probably worst of all. Cleverly disguised as a public service warning, just a front for Net Detective.
US Search

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database results
A very large subscription database company. Check out all the "add-ons".
HireRight

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Unverified
Requires a membership fee and subject's permission.
Integra Scan

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Database results
They list their phone number then advise you not to call them.
Sentry Link

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Instant results
If results are instant, how current can they be? Background check only includes criminal records search.
Certified Background Services, Inc

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Outdated database
Only searches for criminal records.
Criminal Background Records.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software searching only criminal records.
People Smart.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another subscription based database search co.
Intellicorp

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Sells data through affiliate marketing.
Background Checks.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Criminal database
Background search only searches criminal records.
People Records.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription membership to old databases.
Employee Screen.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: In-house screeners
A good site when checking employee background or new hirings.
Snoop Station.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
An affiliate for PeopleSmart.
Been Verified.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Well publicized subscription software, still a scam.
Easy Background Checks

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
An Affiliate marketing program.
USA People Search.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software site.
Identity PI.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Instant results subscription software.
Criminal Background Records.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Sells criminal records lookup subscription.
People Scanner.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Admits that records may be updated only semi-annually.
Intelligent Consumer.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Reseller
Same owner as Consumer Warning.org, selling subscriptions to three different affiliates. Pretends to be consumer advocate.
Background Check Gateway

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Sells subscription software plus identity theft protection.
Detective Unlimited

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A front for Peoplefinders.com
Resource Nation

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Commerical vendor
Sells background checks for pre-employment & tenant screening.
Background Check Price Quote

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Commercial vendor
An affiliate of Resource Nation.
Free Public Records 123

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Claims to be your #1 Free public records site, then wants to charge. Try reading their sample report.
Criminal Watchdog

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Outdated database
Instant search site that claims to have current records. How can that be?
Free Public Records Search Directory

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Anything but free, an affiliate for subscription software Peoplesmart.
About.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Link site
Displays links to other pay sites and subscription software.
The Center 2000

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Np
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Joke Site
A rather clever joke site that is linked to Intelius.
GovPoliceRecords.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Premium police records database. There is no such thing.
County Records.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: No
Source of Information: Courthouse search
Very limited coverage area.
Records Court.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
An affiliate for Inteligator subscription software.
Inteligator

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Another subscription database company like Net Detective.
Criminal Searches.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software.
Net Detective

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
The original subscription software scam is still available.
State Records.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software affiliate.
Public-Files.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Subscription software. Clicked on Contact link and got FAQ's, no way to contact.
Government Registry

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Yet another subscription software affiliate.
Public Records Now.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Billions of outdated useless records.
Court Records.org

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Instant access subscription software.
Criminal Check.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
Just another subscription affiliate.
Public Records Info.com

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: No
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Outdated database
A subscription affiliate for US Search.
Instant Checkmate

» Visit Website
Licensed Investigator: No
Phone Number Provided: Yes
Subscription Required?: Yes
Source of Information: Database search
Instant access database records.

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4 Responses to Background Checks

  1. gaze durst says:

    I used People Smart. A total waste of money. For $40 bucks, so called background
    check, was, address, Place of employment (no date), no phone, nearest relatives wrong, neighbors only.

  2. mark says:

    Know what a person has done before. Proof & confirmation if the person was truthful

  3. Diane McCalla says:

    I used instant checkmate. What a rip off! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All I found out was the same info I already knew. Name, address and phone. They charged me $89.99, when I called the same day to complain, they said I had to pay for one month. Pretty steep for no information, and 5 minutes trying to find something out. What a waste!!!

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